Tokyo Korean School
Tokyo Korean School is a grades 1-12 school in Shinjuku (Korean website). It was founded in 1954, catering to the Korean expatriate community and to Japanese-Koreans living in and around Tokyo. The primary language of instruction at the school is Korean. However, there is an English language partial-immersion program and English library at the school.
In 2002, Tokyo Korean School created an English program for students in the elementary school. This was done to address the concerns of parents who wanted their children to receive part of their education in English to help ensure they have the tools needed to succeed in the ever-changing world. In the first year, only grades one and two were in the program, and there were two homeroom classes in each of the grades. Over the past ten years, the program has developed to the point where it is today – a partial English immersion program where all students in grades 1-6 study in English for at least 11 periods each week. Currently they are three homeroom classes in each grade as the immersion program proved to be so successful with parents.
Because the administration of the school has decided that the partial immersion format used in grades 1-3 is to be different for grades 4-6, it was felt the classes needed to be streamed by English ability for language arts classes. Students are put into one of two levels and offered materials best suited to their needs. As in grades 1-3, it is up to both teachers and parents to help improve weak areas and give expansion activities when needed.